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1000 Zines

Posted by Andrew Coulon on June 22, 2011

The Jacksonville Public Library just cataloged its 1000th zine!

In just under two years, we’ve built an impressive collection of zines and we literally couldn’t have done it without you.  We have received boxes and boxes of donations from generous people around Florida and around the country.  Keep it up!  Check out a zine and show your support!

To celebrate this milestone, we are planning a zine release party for the new materials at the July Artwalk.  More details to come.  We will have lots of new stuff to check out that day, so be sure to stop in at the Main Library.

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April Zine Release

Posted by Andrew Coulon on April 29, 2011

Hey zine fans,
Here is a list of new items in the Jacksonville Public Library Zine Collection. Check a few out and enjoy a personal moment with good, old fashioned print on paper.

3.05 Metres: A Ten Foot Rule Primer3.05 Metres
Agriculture Biotechnology
Axis of Eviil Banquet
Chickeney Vol. 1
Chickeney Vol. 2
Dimanche Vol. 5
Dimanche Vol. 6
Dumpsterland Vol. 11
Edit Edit
Elephant Mess Vol. 26
Greasespot Vol. 4
Juniper Vol.13Chickeney Vol. 2
Lidspeculum Vil. 1
Practice Apartment
Readers Digress! Vol. 7
Readers Digress! Vol. 9
Readers Digress! Vol. 10
Readers Digress! Vol. 11
Saugus to the Sea
Sixth Minkey Vol. 1
So Nails Vol. 4
Sudden Death Semantics
Take It – It’s My BodySaugus to the Sea
This Ain’t No Anthology… Ten Foot Rule
Wormwood Press

Also, The Zine Collection is closing in on 1000 items, so if you haven’t been downtown to browse the collection in a while, you’ll probably be surprised at how the collection has grown.  We are constantly cataloging new items so be sure to check back regularly.

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Mike Watt in Jacksonville

Posted by Andrew Coulon on March 24, 2011

Hey cool cats, you may have heard by now that punk legend Mike Watt will be playing at Jack Rabbits this Thursday.  In case you may have missed some of Watt’s back catalog, JPL has you covered with the below selections. We Jam Econo is a terrific documentary on the Minutemen.  Post-Mersh (3 Volumes) collects much of the Minutemen’s early work.  Double Nickels on the Dime has been heralded as one of the best albums from the 80s.  Ball Hog or Tugboat? is Watt’s first solo album with back up from members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth.  D.I.Y or Die is another documentary about zine and music culture and it features interview footage with Mike Watt.  Get busy!

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Judas Goat Quarterly Vol. 45 by Grant Schreiber

Posted by Andrew Coulon on November 8, 2010

Judas Goat Quarterly #45During Spring 2010, Grant Schreiber was under-unemployed when he heard Uncle Sam’s siren call for US Census workers so he signed up.  As a crew leader, his mission was to lead a team assigned to count every person living in a small area on the northside of Chicago. Luckily for Judas Goat Quarterly readers, Schreiber decided to write down his experiences and share some of the wisdom he picked up on the job. His tales of training, organizing and learning to text make for terrific reading and you’ll cringe along with Schreiber as he tries to whip a group of people into a lean, mean head-counting machine in less than a week. After all counting every man, woman and child in the United States isn’t for the weak of heart, as Schreiber loves to point out. In his own words, Schreiber “served” and he expresses a certain amount of pride in a job done as well as some frustration with the inner workings of the Federal Government. So there you have it, a first hand account of the 2010 Census, and if that’s not enough, check out the book review of R. Crumb’s Genesis. That is another good book you can check out from the library.

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Branching Out

Posted by Andrew Coulon on November 5, 2010

Hey friends in Riverside, Willowbranch Library is hosting a party for the 80th anniversary of the branch opening. The Zine Collection will have a small display set up so stop by and check out a few zines.  There will be games, arts, crafts and face painting for the kids.  Celebrate local history in Riverside and support your public library.

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Gearhead v.6 & Speed Kills v.6

Posted by Andrew Coulon on October 20, 2010

This week, we’ve got not one, but two Zines of the Week and they different than anything else we’ve offered up before. Behold: Hot Rod Zines! These aren’t your common muscle car mags, these are two mid-nineties gems of muscle-car lovin’ punk-rock culture. You can expect lots of hot rods, rockabilly artwork and attitude.

First, Gearhead Vol. 6 puts Southern car culture on display with a terrific article on the roots of figure 8 car racing, a road trip tour for classic car lovers and a visit to Graceland. Also, check out a cool interview with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and lots of zine and album reviews.

Speed Kills Vol. 6 leans more heavily on the music side of the equation; band features include the Beastie Boys, Superchunk and Neu, plus tons of album reviews. Also, there are a decent number of zine reviews and a whole lot of cars. But the single most interesting thing in Speed Kills is a short transcript from a motivational speech Evel Knievel gave to some people… I don’t really know who, but that’s not the point. Evel Knievel really wants to motivate YOU. He thinks you should do the things you love to do (within reason of course, but this is the most famous stuntman of all time, so reason is relative) and take responsibility for your own destiny. Evel Knievel had a natural DIY mentality and that, friends, is what the Zine Collection is all about…

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Assassin and the Whiner Vol. 15 by Carrie McNinch

Posted by Andrew Coulon on August 26, 2010

Carrie McNinch is a zine and mini-comic veteran of the first order.  As the editor of Food Geek and an early innovator of diary mini-comics, she has gained a following by allowing readers into her personal life, sharing her experiences as a lesbian cartoonist whose anxiety and disconnectedness have led her into depression and alcohol abuse.  Assassin and the Whiner Vol. 15 is one of the most compelling mini-comics I’ve read to date.  For a diary comic, McNinch has taken great care in drafting daily entries, something that sometimes gets brushed over in other daily comics.  You get the sense that McNinch is deadly serious when she discusses her comics as type of therapy.  By reflecting on the serious and mundane together, you begin to see that McNinch’s hang ups aren’t at all strange or alien but intensely personal; you probably know someone who suffers from similar issues, if you yourself don’t.  Assassin and the Whiner is a great human story reflecting on personal struggle, loneliness and the little victories that keep us all sane.

Keep an eye out for other mini-comics by McNinch in the Zine Collection or check out Food Geek.

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Al Burian’s Things Are Meaning Less

Posted by Andrew Coulon on July 12, 2010

Burn Collector author Al Burian’s autobiographical comic Things Are Meaning Less treads the narrow line between whining child and existential heavy weight with clumsy grace.  At times funny, lonely and painfully embarrassing, Burian never strays far from conversations about the weather and his quest to comprehend such chaotic systems seems to rack his waking hours.  His shyness, self loathing and alienation are thankfully cut with the humor, allowing the reader to decompress once in a while.  This isn’t Camus’ Stranger or even Catcher in the Rye. This is one guy’s transition from awkward teen-aged metal head into a directionless, coffee-swilling bike punk and zine author.  As in all existential writing, there are moments of juvenile fist pounding to be expected.  (I mean, who doesn’t want to just slap Holden Caulfield once in while?)  Burian acknowledges these tendencies in himself as well and portrays his fantasies about super powers and suicide as a part of the problem.  He remains connected and disconnected at the same time and you get a strong sense of his frustration: the sunny days are too short and the rainy days just keep coming.  Burian’s unending quest for purpose and fulfillment may just be one more city away. Check out Things Are Meaning Less.

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New Zines for June

Posted by Andrew Coulon on June 11, 2010

We will be at the Riverside Arts Market on Saturday, June 12, from 10 am to 3 pm.  Stop by and say hi, sign up for a library card, check out some music CDs and a bunc of the newest zines:

AC Dickson’s guide to Ebay powersellingAll The Days are Numbered So zine
All the days are numbered so*
Attic vs basement : fiction vs nonfiction
Been meaning to keep a journal
Beer powered bicycle. Vol. 5
Burn Collector. Vol. 11
Chicago stories
Couch tag. Vol. 1
Datacide. Vol. 1
Dear motorist… : the social ideology of the motorcar
(em) zine. Vol. 15
Erosion. Vol. 5Chicago Stories by Aaron Cometbus
Fine Print. Vol. 2.4
Forced Exposure. Vol. 18
Gegory Zobel’s Mental Health Advisory. Vol. 2
Greenwoman. Vol. 6
I $ you
Impact press. Vol. 57
Ker-bloom! Vol. 51
Kissoff. Vol. 10
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 174
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 179
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 190
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 192
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 196
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 238
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 239
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 240
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 241
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 243
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 244
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 251
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 255
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 264
Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 286
Movement magazine. Vol. 10.1
Mr. stubbles. Vol. 13
ND. Vol. 18
Portland bicycle culture primer. Vol. 2Root Vol. by Sarah Evans
Potluck: A Cooking Compilation
Psionic plastic joy. Vol. 13
Root v.1
Root v.3
Second best zine ever!
Slingshot. Vol. 101
The juniper. Vol. 12 : small living
The spaz. Vol. 4
There are worms in my oatmeal!!
Touched by an anvil. Vol. 16
Truckstop magazine. Vol. 19
Try, Try Again
Xtra tuf. Vol. 5.5

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Root v.3

Posted by Andrew Coulon on June 9, 2010

In Root v.3, Sarah Evans shares what she has learned after 9 months of travel and exploration throughout Canada and the US. Her observances are mostly short and sweet, accompanied by personal photos and charming cut and paste collages that are so poignant, you begin to feel like a fellow traveler. You can’t help but imagine your own cross-country explorations and reflect on what makes a place feel like home. For Evans, home is in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Everyone else needs to find that place for themselves and sometimes, reading a good old fashioned perzine is a great way to reflect on your own roots and where life has taken you.

Prolific zinester Sarah Evans has been publishing zines for over a decade and has worked as a collaborator at the Anchor Archive Zine Library. If you want to read more by Sarah Evans, we also have Root v.1, Try, Try Again and Salt and Slush: Nova Scotia Winter Cooking.

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